As Co-Director of Redbrick Properties, my role is to oversee the running of the company, which I do with a certain amount of delegation, mixed in with a portion of guidance to our capable and committed staff. It would be very easy to just sit back and bark orders, and to be honest this isn’t really my thing, so I roll my sleeves up and get stuck in where my skills will allow me to do so effectively.
If our staff need support, I am there; and as I have built this business up from scratch, along with my Co-Director, Mark, there is nothing in this company that I do not know how to deal with, so you will regularly find me signing up tenants, paying contractors, or just making sure we are all constantly supplied with coffee and tea.
I''ve got Leeds Metropolitan University to thank for my arrival, as a fresh faced teenager, eager to commence my degree course in the early 1990s. Prior to this North Shields was where I lived out my childhood with my fantastic parents and my brother Carl.
North Shields is an old fishing port located at the mouth of the Tyne, around 7 miles from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
University Life grounded me for the journey beyond. My first job was in banking which convinced me this was not the career path I wanted, sitting behind a desk all day number crunching!
I wanted a career which was rewarding in the sense that with the correct vision you can formulate your dreams, as long as you have a business plan and a dedicated business partner (Matt).
Over ten years in as Director of Redbrick, I''m as passionate as the first day when we picked up the keys for our first lease, a first floor office above our good friends, Castlehill Estate Agents.
The role of a director of a letting agent has changed drastically over this period. With more importance being put on marketing and various options for company advertising means a knowledge insight in social media is required. This is coupled with being an enthusiastic salesperson, with an astute legal mind set and at times an attentive mediator between landlord and tenant.
Bottom line this evolving business model is what drives me to grow the business, but at the same time looking after number one - the customer.
Outside of Redbrick my passions are playing footie, maybe driven by sheer will rather than skill these days. Also I would say an occasional runner in the sense of one marathon, three half marathons and a few trail races over the years.
I also enjoy listening to music of most genres, jazz being one of the exceptions but that pleasure may come when I'm in my 50s!
Live music especially is something I've gone out of the way to see, from Kraftwerk at Manchester''s Velodrome to The Foals at The Faversham, and even Underworld in Moscow! Best venue well has to be the Brudenell Social Club in Hyde Park, Leeds.
Also worth a mention I follow Newcastle United, I'll only mention my highlights to St James Park, 3-2 v Barcelona in The Champions League (1997- Tino hat trick) and a 5-2 victory against Leeds in opening day to the old Division Two (1989- Micky Quinn 4 goals!).
Home life is a Yorkshire stone property in the ever popular Horsforth area of Leeds, which is ideally set up for families and a gateway to the Dales. My area description sounds like one of Redbrick’s property descriptions!
Anyway back to business, I’ve enjoyed scribbling down my "description" on a Northern Line train to Hebden Bridge!
Leaving school back in the early 90’s I started my career in hairdressing however after a few years training and becoming fully qualified I found that I wanted more out of my life. I decided one day to enrol in a IT course which would give me the valuable tools to work within a office environment.
Within that course I had to do a two week office placement of my choice. I choose an Estate Agent!. That was the start of my career within the property sector which I love even to this day.
Over the last 20+ years my career has taken me through the sales, acquisitions, lettings and management side of the industry. Every part of my career path has made me love it more and more.
Working my way up the career ladder in every department allowed me learn and absorb every aspect which has now lead me to Redbrick Properties.
Now married with two wonderful boys Jack and Stanley and finding this brilliant company I am extremely excited what the next chapter of my life will take me.
I grew up in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire (last of the summer wine country) until I was 18 when I moved to Newcastle for University. Upon finishing my degree in Business and Economics, I decided to go travelling around South America.
I came across Argentina on my travels and the good weather, wine, steak and my girlfriend Julia managed to keep me therefor nearly 10 years!
I became a landlord in Leeds in 2013. I soon caught the property bug and knew this was what I wanted to do for my career. I now get the pleasure of finding people new homes while helping other landlords to let and manage their portfolios.
I try to keep fit outside of work, although it doesn’t always go to plan! I like to play tennis and squash. Football is my other passion but I find it easier to watch rather than playing asI’m not getting any younger. I regularly go to see my football team Huddersfield Town,whom I’m very proud of as we were promoted to the premier league in 2017.
One of my biggest passions apart from property is travelling. I’m fluent in Spanish so in particular I love to travel to Spanish speaking countries. Seeing new cultures, trying new foods and meeting new people is one of the best experiences in life.
I now live in the historical city of York with my girlfriend Julia.
Starting with Redbrick has been a really exciting opportunity for me, my role here as Maintenance Manager enables me to build great rapport with all our landlords and tenants, having that problem solver as a point of contact we believe enables to give the best customer service possible to our clients.
I’ve been in property management for 5 years or so now.. but along my career journey I have had the whole of the lettings world instilled into me from start to finish.
(although I’d like to think I’m wise enough to know each day is a learning curve in and outside of lettings!)
It didn’t all start as a plain sailing dream for me either, my parents had been in the property industry for years, building their own portfolio I grew up on a building site.
Which was just one big adventure!
Both in the UK and in Spain.
Along with my equally sarcastic younger brother and sister, I lived in Spain for 7 years and we did our primary school out there.
So along with Matt, we have 2 Españoles in the office! Dos Amigos! :)
Leaving school I qualified as a beauty therapist, I was bored before I started. Keeping my own hair and nails tip top is hard enough!
I then when on to study Social Sciences, coving Psychology, Sociology, and Social Policy. All very interesting stuff and I carry it all with me every day! But just not the job for me I guess.
I found experimenting in different career options lead my to here, my hidden true love for the world of property!
I guess I had always been a big fan of 60 minute makeover, homes under the hammer, location location. Grand designs! <3
( other tv shows are available ) :)
But since starting in the industry I’ve never looked back, I’m passionate about property, my job responsibilities and feeling like I’ve achieved something every day! Or fixed someone’s boiler at least!
I hope to one day build my own portfolio of properties, restore neglected houses and turn them into something special! What a dream!
Well that brings me to the other part of my role at Redbrick Properties - With a refurbishment kick off, I will be a part of project managing the refurbishments for our clients and overseeing the works from start to finish, keeping those work men in line! This part of my job really has my heart! I learn something new everyday, and the daily challenges excite me!
Along with all of the above, there’s nothing more rewarding then coming home after a long week and spending quality time with my not so little boy any more! He’s 10 and 3/4 as he would have me say. He’s the funniest most caring young chap! The best thing I ever did! Cheeseeee! Haha.
We do nothing but laugh together! And go on superrrrr long dog walks. Which he is now starting to not love so much as I get him posing in trees for photos and he thinks I’m embarrassing?
He’s got a point.
Our dog is called Lara, she’s a long haired Shar-Pei and the cutest thing ever. Which I hope in time to convince the office to allow her a role as an ‘office dog’
So you might get to meet her too! :)